Operazione Paura: Mario Bava and the haunted world of aesthetics

Dawes, Mark (2011) Operazione Paura: Mario Bava and the haunted world of aesthetics. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    From the 1960s to the mid 1980s, the Italian film industry saw a surge in productions, with a large number of genre films released and exported to overseas distributors. This creative period is exemplified by the career of Mario Bava, a leading director in Italy during that time. However, Bava has suffered from both academic and critical dismissal which has seen his films largely ignored. By analysing three of Bava’s films, this discussion hopes to highlight the visual, formal and thematic aesthetics that Mario Bava consistently produced over his career. These films include Blood and Black Lace (Bava, 1964) that analyses the advent of the Giallo and the films importance to the genre, as well as the use of colour saturation and shadow to manipulate the audience. The chapter on Lisa and the Devil (Bava, 1974) discusses the importance of the Bava narrative tool of the trickster, as well as an analysis of the use of colour and genre hybridity. Finally, Danger: Diabolik (Bava, 1968) critiques the social commentary of the period, as well as offers an analysis of the pop art and comic book aesthetic incorporated into the film, and indicates the aesthetic consistencies within Danger: Diabolik compared to the other entries in the Bava oeuvre.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2012 14:33
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:58
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/7044

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